February 12, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Fort Worth Brahmas
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona (February 12) - The Brahmas defeated the Arizona Sundogs in overtime Tuesday night by the final score of 4-3 to earn their fourth consecutive win and fifth straight on the road.
The game was knotted up 1-1 after one period of play as each team cashed in on a power play in the opening frame. Jake Hauswirth gave the Sundogs a 1-0 lead at 5:41 when he put a wrister on net from the right face-off circle that found its way past Brahmas netminder Kristofer Westblom. Fort Worth answered at 10:41 when John Snowden ripped a shot from the high slot to even the score. For Snowden, the goal was his 17th of the season and first in the last seven games.
Arizona took a 2-1 edge at 19:15 of the second period when Hauswirth notched his second goal of the game and 14th of the season.
Due to coincidental unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Derek LeBlanc and Chad Nehring with 19 seconds to play in the middle frame, the Brahmas opened the third period on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:41. Just after the penalties expired, Riley Boychuk lit the lamp for Fort Worth to tie the game at two goals apiece.
After Nehring gave the Sundogs a one-goal lead once again at the 7:26 mark with his 27th score of the season, Fort Worth responded once again. Brendon Hodge delivered the Brahmas' second power-play goal of the night at 14:21 as he fired a wrister from the point by Arizona goaltender Adam Russo to even the score for a third time, 3-3. The score was Hodge's ninth of the season and second in his last four games.
The contest remained tied through regulation and entered overtime even at 3-3. At the 2:11 mark of the extra period, Tomas Klempa scooped up a loose puck in front and snuck it by Russo to seal the 4-3 victory for the Brahmas.
Westblom made 24 saves on 27 shots to improve to 16-5-3 this season. The rookie's 16 wins rank second among Central Hockey League goaltenders. Russo stopped 26 of 30 in net for Arizona.
Fort Worth found success on the man advantage, notching two power-play scores on seven opportunities. Arizona went 1-for-2 on the power play.
Fort Worth has now earned four consecutive victories, each coming on the road. The team has won its last five road tilts and eight of its last nine away from home.
With Tuesday's win and Wichita's loss to Rapid City, the Brahmas move into sole possession of second place in the CHL, just two points behind the Allen Americans for the top spot.
The Brahmas will look to sweep their current five-game road trip as they face off versus the Arizona Sundogs for the second consecutive night. The team returns home Friday, February 15 to host the cross-town rival Allen Americans at the NYTEX Sports Centre. The game is set for 7:30pm and will be Chad Woollard's final professional game.
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